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Mississauga to Assume Full Operation of Living Arts Centre

Today, Mississauga City Council passed a motion to end its relationship agreement with The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga (LAC) on December 31, 2019 and assume responsibility for all operations and management of the facility.

“In order to grow our music industry, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a ‘Music City,’ we need to unlock the true potential of the Living Arts Centre,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Today, Council took the first step by voting in support of a motion that will help realize that vision. In addition to their cultural significance, creative industries are an important driver of economic growth and employment. It’s important the City of Mississauga has the ability to strategically leverage City assets, including the Living Arts Centre, so that we can take our creative industries to the next level and grow it in a way that drives investment, creates jobs and ultimately puts Mississauga on the map as a ‘Music City’. On behalf of Council, I do want to thank the exceptional volunteer board members who have dedicated countless hours to the Living Arts Centre over the past 20 years; and I look forward to working with the current board during this transition.”  

Over the next six months, City staff will work with the current LAC Board to transition operations and management of the facility.  

“Today, the City owns, operates and manages several major entertainment and cultural facilities such as the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Celebration Square and the Meadowvale Theatre. Council has tasked staff with finding opportunities across all these municipal assets to better integrate programming, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a creative music city,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “It is business as usual for employees, customers and rental clients at the LAC as we transition into this new management model.” 

Baker added that the City’s Culture Division will play a key role in leading the transition along with other City staff.

LAC Presents: MOMIX Opus Cactus

Dance, Acrobatics & Illusions – Moses Pendleton Brings the American Southwest to Glorious Life

On October 12, 2018, the Living Arts Centre kicks off its Great Night Out series with MOMIX Opus Cactus at 8:00PM in Hammerson Hall. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at the Box Office (905-306-000) or online at www.livingartscentre.ca.

Known for their famous dance / acrobatic / contortionist skills, as well as for presenting works of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a world-renowned company of dancer-illusionists founded and directed by Moses Pendleton. Touring the world for the past 35 years, the company not only performs live in theatres, but has also been featured on television, feature films, commercials, and in large-scale world events, including Emmy award-winning specials and the 3D IMAX film, Imagine.

Director Moses Pendleton chose the name ‘MOMIX’ because it calls to mind the musical term, mix. “There’s no rule for these shows, just whatever kind of chemical way you can drop it, cook it, or spin it,” he stated in an interview with the Calgary Herald, 2018. “It’s a visual, physical dance theatre, but it’s not just dance.” he says, “It uses props and lighting and costumes and special kinds of music to create an otherworldly MOMIX world.” In this spectacular show, MOMIX creates thesetting of a desert. “I was very inspired initially by going down to the Sonora desert in southwest America,” Pendleton recalls. “I was very taken by the flora and the fauna of the desert and impressions of that as it’s translated into dance-theatre form.”

“Few theater artists today can achieve the level of visual splendor and theatrical magic that Mr. Pendleton can conjure from essentially the sparest of means.” – Robert Greskovic The Wall Street Journal

Each of the 18 vignettes in Opus Cactus is performed to Indigenous or Arabic music as well as to compositions from Brian Eno. Pendleton says the elements are arranged to have a narrative “curve,” as you make your way through a desert botanical garden filled with colour and movement, and wonder and surprise! This is a visual masterpiece not to be missed!

The LAC is also offering a sumptuous Dinner & Show Package, which includes dinner at our in-house LIVE restaurant at 5:30PM prior to the show. For more details, call the Box Office.

ARTward Bound is Back on the Road this Summer!

The Living Arts Centre’s ARTward Bound Community Outreach Program will be on the road again this summer bringing FREE visual and performing arts to communities across Mississauga!

July & August Events

Join our friendly Outreach Team and create one-of-a-kind artworks while experimenting with paint, sculpture and mixed media. Learn some new moves in our upbeat Hip-Hop workshops (select venues only) and enjoy an interactive live performance!
This program is recommended for children ages 5 to 12 and participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pre-registration required; drop-in for part of the program or stay for the full day!

SCHEDULE:

10:30am – 3:00pm:

Daily Schedule (Subject to change)
10:30am – 2:00pm – On-going Visual Arts activities
11:30am – 12:15pm – Hip Hop Workshop (at select venues indicated by *)
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Live Performance

July 14: Churchill Meadows Library, 3801 Thomas St, Mississauga ON L5M 7G2 (*)
July 18 & 19: Malton Library, 3540 Morning Star Dr, Mississauga ON L4T 1Y2
July 24: Forest Ridge Community Housing, 3420 The Collegeway, Mississauga, ON L5L 5T2 (*)
July 26 & 27: River Grove Community Centre, 5800 Rivergrove Ave, Mississauga ON L5M 4R8 (*)
July 30 & 31: Cooksville United Church, 2500 Mimosa Row, Mississauga ON L5B 1P7 (*)
August 1 & 2: Britannia Glen Co-op, 5995 Glen Erin Dr. Mississauga, ON, L5M 5P7 (*)
August 9: Sheridan Centre, 2225 Erin Mills Pky, Mississauga ON L5K 1T9 (no lunch)
August 14: Port Credit Library, 20 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga ON L5G 1C8

1:00pm – 4:00pm:

Daily Schedule (Subject to change)
1:00pm – 3:00pm – On-going Visual Arts activities
3:00pm – 4:00pm – Live Performance

August 16 & 17: Courtney Park Library, 730 Courtneypark Dr W, Mississauga ON L5W 1L9

A free lunch prepared by Eden Food for Change will be provided at select venues.

Summer Activities in the Park

The Living Arts Centre in partnership with Bridgeway Family Centre and EarlyON Child & Family Centre is bringing Visual Arts & Live performances to Jack Darling Memorial Park! Join us rain or shine on the following Wednesdays:

July 4: Visual Arts (10:00am – 12:00pm)
July 11: Soli & Rob Sing Along Concert (10:30am – 11:15am)
July 25: Scott Dietrich Magic Show (10:30am – 11:15am)
August 8: Visual Arts (10:00am – 12:00pm)
August 15: Puppet Show with Applefun Puppetry (10:30am – 11:15am)
August 22: Drumming with Njacko Backo (10:30am – 11:15am)

Location: Jack Darling Memorial Park, Picnic Spot A, 1180 Lakeshore Rd W

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LIVING ARTS CENTRE UNVEILS 2018-2019 SEASON

The Living Arts Centre unveiled its 2018-19 Season to an excited and enthusiastic invite-only crowd on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Guests were treated to entertainment by some of the artists performing in the new season and received an advance window to purchase tickets to the much anticipated shows.

The LAC’s Arts for Life Patron Club Members, Board Members, Supporters, Sponsors, Special Guests, Mississauga City Councillors, and former Mayor Hazel McCallion were on hand as the 2018 Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Awards were awarded to Pujita Verma, Selena Xu, Sereen Aziz, and Mason Victoria by members of the Lenyk family. Last year’s winner, William Leathers, who is on his way to The Julliard School, was invited back to showcase his virtuosity and talent on the piano and trumpet.

CEO Natalie Lue took the audience through the full lineup of the season which starts in September 2018 through to May 2019. She said, “It is definitely a season worth celebrating with incredibly exceptional talent and some of the best music, dance, spectacle, comedy, and, theatre available anywhere! We’ve packaged them in a way that provides some insight into why we programmed what we did. You’ll also see some familiar shows in the season because you’ve told us to keep bringing them back!”

The presentation included exciting giveaway prizes for audience members, as well as brilliant performances that gave the public a real taste of what’s to come. It was no surprise that everyone in the audience fell in love with The Dreamboats bringing back good ol’ Rock n’ Roll. , and jaws were dropping once UnCovered singer Sara Farb’s voice echoed through the hall. Meanwhile, OKAN, with their unique blend of Cuban music, Jazz and world rhythms, wrapped up the show and the party continued at the post show reception.

Great Night Out!

The LAC provides the perfect excuse to get off the couch and book a babysitter! Indulge in breathtaking, unforgettable performances where audiences will be transported to fantasy worlds in an extravagant multimedia adventure with MOMIX: Opus Cactus. Or follow the high jinx of a lovers’ triangle in the Wild West in Cirque Éloize: Saloon. The high octane of Get the Led Out returns for a fourth time by popular demand, while fast-rising stars and JUNO award-winners A Tribe Called Red, celebrating Indigenous culture with cutting-edge electronic music, grace the LAC stage for the first time! Don’t missthe electrifying voice of JUNO nominee Basia Bulat. For a night of laughs versus logic, catch this almost two-hour joke- fest: The Debaters Live on Tour from the hit CBC Radio program.

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Tartan Terrors Christmas

Welcome to a Tartan Terror Christmas! The Christmas show is a mix of Celtic and Classic Christmas, as well as wonderful Hogmanay tunes to round out the evening. The show will be filled with many moments that warm the heart and make you laugh with friends and family.

Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on four different continents; in some of the most prestigious Festivals, Highland Games and Theatres of North America including; Lone Tree Center for the Arts, CO, Mauch Chunk Opera House, PA, First Ontario PAC, ON, Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH, Newport Celtic Rock Festival, Newport, RI, Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Festival, IL, and numerous television and radio appearances including Good Morning America. Join the phenomenon of the Tartan Terrors and see why Celtic Beat Magazine hails them as “the heirs apparent to the [Celtic] mayhem”.

Tickets for Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30pm are currently still available.  The show takes place in the RBC Theatre at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre.